Whatever you want to experiece in freshwater fishing (and saltwater at times!) we
take delight in providing for you.
Whether you are an advanced fisherman, a total beginner, somewhere in between, buying
a present for a loved one, we will create and look after your dream. You will experience
fishing action and excitement, laughter, an adventure to remember forever. You may
wish to specialist fish and take advantage of John’s expertise and current up to
date knowledge. Stupendous pike. Huge tench. Beautiful roach. Massive chub. Waters
that are idyllic, private, away from the madding crowds. We cannot guarantee particular
catches but John seems to make fishing magic happen with great regularity.
You can dabble with lots of different things – In Norfolk, combine fishing a rudd
or tench lakewith time river fishing, stalking a big barbel -you might happen upon
one of the mill pools John has access to and land a very big barbel - or you might
drift take a boat out up the River Wensum for big roach. Next dally with a wild
carp and finish on the beach for sea bass fishing by moonlight! The saltwater fishing
akes place around the stunning North Norfolk coastline either from the shore or from
John’s private boat -this is an option you will always remember. If time, tide and
weather are all favourable then you might walk the lonely, north coastline with a
light rod, spinner and a pair of binoculars, searching the prolific shoals of bass.
Year upon year, John’s returns grow substantially. An eight or nine pounder is spectacular
– but at four and five pounds average they fight like little tigers on light gear.
And if the weather suits, they’re catchable on a fly.
These days will focus on bass on fly, lure and bait but there will also be the opportunity
to explore sea trout, mullet and mackerel. Never disrespect the mackerel on light
fly gear! Much learning, much fun!
In autumn, winter and early spring thepike fishing John can introduceyou to is
the stuff of dreams
John loves innovation and exploration too so just ask for exactly what you want and
we will do our best. What is certain is that you will enjoy absorbing, unexpected
sport on some of the most stunningly beautiful, unanticipated waters you’re ever
likely to come across. You’ll adore the insight John gives you and the excitement
of wondering what will be coming next.
In Herefordshire enjoy the unforgettable fight of a heroic barbel in fast water,
visit serene pools, fish under dramatic cliffs...so much variety in one to two days
you will feel as though you have had a week’s holiday away.
Enjoy spectacular roach, perch, bream, barbel, chub fishing in Wiltshire.
You can enjoy days on your own with John, with one or two or more friends or arrange
small corporate get-togethers to benefit your business.
Why would you fish with John Bailey?
John is a great fishing companion, inspiring, great fun, extremely knowledgeable
and so keen for people to love their days fishing. He knows the rivers and lakes
intimately so you have the very best chance of success John enjoys your success more
than his own!
Choose your private fishing option and it’s easy to
“I enjoyed the beautiful setting and learning a new fishing technique from a real
enthusiast” Paul Chubbuck, Cambridge
“I think John wanted me to catch a barbel more than I did !! Knowledge was brilliant.
A real eye opener” Ian Flanders, London
every thing was spot on. John put me on a beautiful secluded water where there was
every chance of a really huge fish, which is what I asked of him. As I always say
“every dog has his day”, & next time it may be my day!.Andy Sage
“The tremendous fishing on the Wye was near to perfect from my point of view…John
was extraordinarily patient and persevered with me, with the result that I succeeded.
I learnt so much about barbel techniques that I know will enable me to fish more
confidently in the future. I also want to thank you for enabling me to fish such
tremendous swims where the fishing and surroundings were exceptional…I also valued
your emphasis on how to care for fish which is so important for the future...looking
forward to joining you again next year” Terry Scragg, Arundel
“I enjoyed the day enormously, and it also made me focus on various aspects of my
fishing which I am sure will pay off in the future. Second time (for me -- third
for JP) meant that we got going quicker and used JB more effectively. We ended up
staying on one stretch of the River which meant that we maximised the time available
to us. Hotel continues to be just the ticket. The last few weeks of the Season might
be the time to return, so we will see...” Simon Clark, Little Berkhamsted
What our clients say
Unbelievable, John, thanks for a superb experience. It was one of the best days of
my life - a sublime setting and my heart was in my mouth with the fishing all day
- I learned so much too. I'm coming back with a couple of friends next year
David Bowles, Shepherd's Bush
How do you book your private fishing?
Just email uswith a selection of your preferred county, species and dates and the
number in your party to confirm availability and once dates are confirmed then we
need a booking form and 50% or full payment to confirm your place.
We will send you a confirmation, fishing information and directions by email on receipt
of your booking. If this is a present please let us know who it is for and what the
occasion is and we will post a gift card to them if you wish.
You need to book your fishing well ahead to get your preferred dates, as John’s diary
You can fish alone or gather a small group together. Alternatively, you are welcome
to bring a non-fishing partner –these locations offer plenty to do beyond the fishing.
What are your best dates?
Choose Winter and Spring to enjoy beyond belief tench fishing
Choose summer to enjoy spectacular roach, perch, bream, barbel, chub fishing in Wiltshire,
estate lake fishing, river barbel fishing and coastal bass fishing in Norfolk and
barbel fishing on the Wye in Herefordshire
Choose Autumn and Winter for pike, roach and barbel fishing in Norfolk
You can talk with John so that you can plan your fishing together, consider the weather
and what is fishing best We have a handpicked b & b conveniently placed for the fishing
and also offering you a real feel for the area. All offer excellent food and cosy
bars. The sooner you book the more likely you are to get your preferred date.
– and you get all the pre-trip advice and information you need to prepare and pre
trip calls with John. If youhave any questions or to reserve your dates contact
You can choose your own dates
You have John’s undivided attention and are free to do as you choose
Your own outcomes and interests totally focused on
You will have access to totally private lakes and stretches of river
You will enjoy absorbing, unexpected fishing on some of the most stunningly beautiful
and serene private waters and secret river locations you're ever likely to come across
Enjoy stalking in crystal-clear water in unspoilt , peaceful countryside
You will gain insights, skills and new approaches and have the time of your life
as you do so
Just call 07866 470238 or email joy2at(i.e curly a) angling-travel.com)
Quite something - beautiful autumn weather , caught some pretty roach (v hard work
but great learning &v rewarding) & a monster chub - as in 7lb, 10 seconds after casting
out, an'OMG!' moment as I saw it in the net! I'm probably just realising how big
that is and how funny my 'can we try for a bigger chub?' line was to JB. Thanks for
all your help making it easy to set this up at short notice Kate Bruckshaw, Manchester